Unisaw Restoration #3: Is 4 tables saws too many?

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Blog entry by Rapola posted 05-28-2016 03:23 PM 1103 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made some decent progress on the unisaw. With the exception of the yoke/motor bracket assembly, all of the base components are disassembled and I have started stripping the old paint off the cabinet. Hopefully I’ll finish out this long weekend with most of the parts cleaned and primed for final paint.

There is a tapered pin holding the yoke/motor bracket together that has thus far thwarted all reasonable attempts with PB blaster and heat. In reading various forums, it seems the answer to a stuck pin is to use an unreasonable amount of force (ie. one person holds a punch, the second wields a sledge hammer….) or drill out as much of the pin as possible, then ram the remnants out.

Assuming I don’t break something, I think my parts list comes down to a set of pulleys, bearings and a magnetic switch. Still researching the pulley, seems like I have a couple diameters to choose from depending on the motor, unfortunately my motor does not have the id tag.

I thought I was pretty set on projects; I’ve got the 2 unisaws, plus a 12” crescent jointer and a 30” yates planer all waiting to be cleaned up and put in service. At this point, I think I may be more of a tool collector & restorer than a woodworker. As they say when it rains it pours, I was making my thrift shop rounds early in the week and saw a beautiful 1950’s Craftsman 113 model table saw. Priced at $180; which if it were not for the 2 unisaws, I would have jumped on it.

Fast forward to yesterday, the saw is still sitting for sale and it was half price day, so $90 is starting to get attractive enough to jump in on. One of the managers is a woodworker and I’ve got a pretty good rapport with him. We start talking about the saw, he wants it off the floor and tells me I can have it for $50. Sold!

I think I am officially out of room. Plan is to do a quick re-finish on the craftsman, build a mobile base for it then sell my new POS craftsman; that will bring the table saw count back down to 3. I am thinking I’ll run a dual saw set up with the uni-saws, dado-stack and finish blade, then use the craftsman as a more mobile/rough cut solution. At some point I’ll trade up the unisaws for an old Oliver.

As a side note, It is a shame how far the craftsman brand has fallen; their 50’s era saws are gorgeous and built like tanks; a far cry from their modern era plastic & thin gauge aluminum garbage. It sounds like Sears is getting ready to sell the brand. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it gets picked up by a company interested in making good quality equipment in the USA again.

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